Chronology notes

To reiterate what was mentioned in the Chronology's introduction: the history of the Holoworld Fleet and the USS Horizon exists in an alternate timeline to the "canon" Star Trek Universe. Following the movie "Star Trek: Nemesis", history branches into a multitude of various streams. One timeline is portrayed in the backstory to the 2009 "Star Trek" movie, in which the planet Romulus is destroyed by the Hobus supernova in the year 2387; this timeline is expanded upon in the "Star Trek: Online" MMO, which is set in the year 2409. Another timeline is explored in the Pocket Books' range of post-"Nemesis" novels and short stories. And the adventures of the USS Horizon take place in yet another timeline. And that's the long and short and it.

Onward! These notes are in no particular order! I just wrote them as they occurred to me. Just so you know… :)

Charles Noor's given age and birthdate in relation to the date he boarded the USS Horizon aren't consistant with each other. This could possibly mean that the "years" given in his biofile were not Terran years. In any event, I have used the birthdate given as this is more consistant with convention.

Dunaess Wodas appears to have trained aboard Starbase Omega seven years before the Cocoon was discovered. According to previous records, Omega was not constructed until 2408. Perhaps there was another space station going by the same name at this time?

Reyan Jolan apparently had two Academy friends called Sordik and Torek, but I have no dates for Jolan's Academy years at all.

Is the Andorian homeworld called Andoria or Andor? Both names have been used. For the sake of this timeline, I have chosen to use the name Andor.

Bordak Grino's original first name was Baarok. Whether or not his name actually changed, or it had "always" been Bordak, is a mystery. It seems likely based on the existence of Fred Bordak that the name-change was an accidental typing-error that stuck, but just the same, maybe there's another explanation that hasn't been touched on yet.

Similarly, Luntas was originally called Batok. Are they two people, or just one? If it's just one, why did she change her name? If two people, then what happened to Batok? This is touched upon in an apocryphal chronology entry for 2387.

The full identity of Kiaja, the woman who "joined" with Trinity Layne-Malaar during her time on Earth in 2412, is Kiaja Wirth, former counselor aboard the USS Athene. Records of Kiaja Wirth are scarce, and so there's practically no info on her past included in this Chronology.

Tergin knows of a fellow El-Aurian called Damon, but whether or not Damon is a personal acquaintance never becomes clear. Damon was married to a Trill for 550 years, through seven of the Trill's hosts. Now if that ain't true love, I don't know what is. :) Again, this is touched upon in an apocryphal entry for 2265.

Pol Canon appears to have been promoted to the rank of full Lieutenant twice, at different points in the same year. Which date is the genuine one? I suppose we'll never know.

There's a Muahijwean legend; the story of Ferr'nok and Laseknal, one of whom saved the other from death during a hunt. Whether or not it's just a myth or actual Muahijwean history is uncertain, but my guess is that it happened a least a thousand years ago on the planet Muahijwe.

Melissande Awk had an anonymous Bolian roommate during her Academy years who played a musical instrument. Maybe this is a character we will be introduced to in the future.

Trinity Layne's ancestors were part of the Zuni tribe. I don't have a date for when they were alive, but if they were native Americans, the relevent time period may have been in the centuries prior to the expansion of the Americas' frontiers by pioneers in the 19th century.

Elijah Cassius, the villain of the USS Horizon's mission to Vagra III, had a past that was hinted at but never fully explored. He had a daughter called Masu, who was tragically killed, and it seems that her death triggered a change in his personality from a loving father who called himself Elijah Cass, to the mercenary seen in the mission. This could have happened at any time prior to late 2411.

Orlando Navarro and Amy DeSantos know each other from a time before either of them were in Starfleet. No times, no places, nothing. Sounds like the beginning of story to me. :p

India Baker encountered the Durial at least one during his time in Starfleet Security. He knows what they are like, what they can do, etc. But I don't have any exact dates. They must have made quite an impression upon him, though.

Laurel McAfee was originally called Laurel Phillips. Unless they're actually two very similar people, it seems that the name changed for a reason. Maybe she got married and never told anyone?

According to Melody Cuen, unicorns really existed on Earth at one time, and they share at least some common ancestry with similar animals called shedaggaers on the planet Maldevia. If that's so, then how the hell did they get to Earth?

Vymora Einicrox served under a Captain Walker at some point. She failed to save the life of a young counselor, Dr. Farlow, aboard a Bajoran science vessel Aaanara Badi. I have no date for this, but it seems significant.

The son of Nova'Song was working as part of a Orion Circus act on a Telliiii Carnival Ship in the Opan'aal system, "years" prior to 2417. He lifted the Chakdorian known as Lopan—who was in the audience—out of his seat using his telekinetic powers. Again, no dates.

Nova'Song almost killed twelve of her crewmates during her time aboard the USS Proxima. She swore to herself to death before she would allow her weakness to kill anyone else in future. There's a fairly large window for this event, so I couldn't place it.

According to Epona O'Leary's theory in 2417, the "foster planet" of the V'Ger entity (as seen in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture") may have been local to the planet Anabaron. This is but one of many theories put forward over the years, I can assure you…

The president of the planet Anabaron seemed to change his name halfway through the Horizon's mission there. First he was Jeza Barro, then he became Kony Clair. Did I miss something?

The Klingon Omtach and the Klingon Omneck are almost certainly the same person. Looks like another Baarok/Bordak scenario.

The stardates concerning the 2417 visit to the Mystery Bar were confusing, as there were several story arcs moving through different timeframes simultaneously. So I left out the stardates in a blatant move to spare myself the headache of untangling it all. :) The relevent dates range from SD 17.0707 to SD 17.0717.

A brief word on RPG-time vs RL-time. Because of the nature of simming, a mission or story-arc that happens over a few days in RPG-time will be stretched over several months of the fictional year, or vice versa. The reason for this? Well, one made-up possibility is high-speed warp travel creating a "slippage" or "compression" in time. In other words, with so many starships flying around all over the place at ridiculous speeds, time tends to flow at different rates depending on where you are and where you're going. Meanwhile, back on Earth, where the calendar and stardates are calculated from, everything is balanced out so that a month always equals a month, a year is always a year, etc. :)

The starship/s Horizon of the 22nd century gave me a bit of a headache when I was putting together this Chronology. The problem is, there appear to be (at least) two of them; one "official" and one not. The ships are very similar in appearance, so it's not a huge deal, but there's a 30-year discrepancy between the dates for when they were in service. Of course it's just another point upon which the individual can decide, but for the record, the NCC-1000, the one listed here and seen in the picture provided by my good friend Ruud, is the "unofficial" one. But it's here because… well, just because. Listen… It occurred to me when I was perusing my copy of the Star Trek Encyclopedia that the "official" Horizon of that time period is undoubtedly a Daedalus-class ship, registry NCC-173 (or whatever), and that the mission to Sigma Iotia II took place in the 2160s (Ben Sisko even has a model of the ship in his office, visible in some DS9 episodes). Until now I've taken the position that it was in fact a Horizon-class ship, NCC-1000, and the mission happened thirty years later, in the 2190s (see "Horizon Squared" for more details). My current train of thought is that there were (at least) two Federation ships of that name, but it's useful to think of them as the same: at some point in its lifetime the Daedalus-class Horizon was significantly re-vamped and became the NCC-1000. The re-design was so extensive that they gave it is own class: Horizon class. Therefore, the two ships are actually one ship at different points in its life. A lot of this is creative guesswork on my part. But then, couldn't you say that for the entire Chronology??? :)

The fate of Fred Bordaq seems to be a big question mark, because, as far as I know, his story-arc was never resolved. There's not much evidence to suggest that Bordaq is still part of the crew, but as far as I understand there's an alternate Bordaq out there who has repeatedly threatened to take over Bordaq's life. Add to that Bordaq and Amy DeSantos' hybrid daughter. I suppose we may never know what happened…

In Star Trek there are so many references to different wars between the years 1992 and 2079 that I've decided that it helps to think of Earth's 21st century as one big ongoing war. Which isn't a very happy thought, but it all turns out okay in the end. :)

A quick word about "canon". It's a term that's used a lot, and many people are confused about it. I was confused myself for a time, and I've probably written things in the notes of this very chronology as a result of being confused. All "canon" really is, is what Star Trek's producers choose to adhere to when creating new films or episodes. That's all. Nothing more! It doesn't really have anything to do with what did or didn't really "happen" in the Star Trek universe. It's just a tool that the official creators use. Gene Roddenberry used it, Rick Berman used it, J J Abrams used it. The word "canon" is too easily mixed up with the word "continuity", which I believe every Trek fan has a personal one of their own. Not a personal "canon", but a personal continuity. A subtle but important difference, and something to remember when enjoying the enormous range of "expanded universe" Star Trek media out there, such as novels, comics and video games.

Kallesin's report about the Borg's possible origins is rich in detail, but lacks any dating conventions, which means I can't place it in the main body of the Chronology. The outline is here: there existed an original precursor civilisation, now lost in the mists of ancient history. An AI created by this civilisation gained sentience and eventually integrated itself into a peaceful relationship with its creators. After unknown millennia this race spread through space and encountered a telepathic race who they waged war against. The war ended with the integration of the telepathic race into the "techno-organic" civilisation. Next came civil war, climaxing with the victory of the "organic" factions and the exile of the "techno-organic" factions, dispatched aboard a vast cube ship towards the centre of the galaxy at sublight speeds. While the "organic" civilisation eventually transcended physical form and evolved into the "Ghost in the Machine", a malfunction aboard the cube ship led to the revival of the suspended crew members and the creation of the first Borg hive mind, instigated by an unknown medic who apparently became the Borg Queen. Again, as with the V'Ger origin hypothesis, the origins of the Borg have been "invented" and "re-invented" many times in Trek lore. For examples, take a look at the novel "The Return", or the TokyoPop Star Trek manga. The contradictions that arise are pretty much unavoidable, but that doesn't mean they don't have their place in continuity. Trying to iron out all the kinks in a narrative can be fun…!

I have taken quite a few liberties in this chronology, outlined here:

The details surrounding the Clone Wars on Earth (2033-2038) and the Federation being conquered by the Consilium don't come from any Horizon-based fiction, or any Star Trek episode or movie, but from "unofficial" Star Trek novels. I included them because they seemed like important events in history, but there's nothing permanent about them. They can be taken into account, or ignored, just like everything else here. If anybody's interested, the relevent sources are the two "The Best of Trek" paperbacks (not sure if they're still available), and the Star Trek novel "Crossroad" by Barbara Hambly. Feel free to ignore them. Most of Trek fandom does after all.

I feel I should explain why I have chosen not to use the "official" dates regarding the original Star Trek series and movies (as provided by the Okudas in the Star Trek Encyclopedia); take a look at the Fandom Star Trek Chronology, by James Dixon (more on him below). His reasons are more-or-less the same as my reasons, his philosophy is my philosophy. Mind you, I do feel obliged to point out that my stance isn't quite as hard-line as his seems to be. His attitude, while inclusive, is quite inflexible, and, let's be honest, he does seem to take the whole thing slightly too seriously. With all respect to the man as a fellow Trek fan, Dixon himself seems to have vanished these days, and I haven't been able to hunt down a copy of his Chronology newer than the 2004 version. Maybe he watched the fourth season of Enterprise and went into a sulk, never to be seen again. If not that, then I'm guessing the chronological issues involved in the 2009 Star Trek movie may have caused the poor fellow to implode…! :p

While I'm on about "official"-ness and such: in more recent updates I've chosen to include the "official" Okuda-based dates for some of the events in this Chronology, just to give more freedom of choice. After all, the Okuda-based dates have become the basis for 99% of all continuity-wrangling in modern-day Trek, including all the spin-off and expanded universe media. So, for example, regarding the birth of James Kirk, I've tweaked the date of 2229 so that people know that, according to a different continuity, he was born in 2233. So the year header should read "2229 (or 2233)". Most of these alterations only matter in relation to the time period of the Original Series and its movie series.

Anyway - I'm rambling! Moving on… Star Trek: Enterprise, head-scratcher as it may be, is now undeniably a part of the Star Trek universe. It's "official", for better or worse, and I will treat it as such despite any reservations about altered histories and the like (see below). Likewise for the 2009 Star Trek movie (or "Star Trek XI", as it is sometimes referred to)… More on Enterprise later!

So. Dating conventions. Here's how it works. There are two main dating conventions used in most Star Trek chronologies these days. No, actually, that's not true. There's really only one dating convention, with another one that's been relegated to obscurity. But it's only fair to mention them both. Broadly speaking, these dating systems can be lumped into the "Okudan" convention and the "Dixonian" convention. The "Dixonian" convention is the minority one, and it's the one I adopted for this Chronology because a) I wanted to remind people that it exists, and b) I'm a total dork. :)

Michael Okuda is (was?) a graphic designer for the guys who own (owned?) the Star Trek franchise. He produced the official Encyclopedia and the official Chronology. The Chronology he created has more-or-less become holy writ, accepted by the majority of fans, as well as the industry guys. Only the TV episodes and the movies count. No other sources are included, because they are "unofficial" and/or "non-canon". Which is all fair enough. Keeps things nice and simple.

James Dixon, on the other hand, is a hardcore first-generation Star Trek fan who was known in the online community as somewhat of a rebel against the authority of the Paramount canon-heads. He took it upon himself to create a Chronology that was all-inclusive, documenting the Animated Series, the novels, and just about anything else you can think of. He researched everything from existing sources, making nothing up, and left it up to the fans to decide what to accept and what to reject. I mean, I thought I was a geek with too much time on my hands when I put this Chronology together, but Mr Dixon really leaves me in the shade. And I mean that in a respectful way. :) I prefer his approach to Trek lore because it includes as much as possible and doesn't deliberately leave things out.

It was Michael Okuda's Chronology that inspired me to create the Chronology for the Starship Horizon, but it was James Dixon's work that inspired me to make it as all-inclusive and comprehensive as possible. 90% of the dates you'll find in the 21st to 23rd century sections are Dixonian dates, purely based on my preference for his methods, but it's only fair to acknowledge that not everyone will accept these dates. Because most people aren't nerdy enough to care!

Let me outline the differences:

With Okuda, the crucial "basic assumption" used to establish the dates for the original Star Trek series is simply a three-century projection from the production or air dates of the TV episodes. The show was produced from 1966-1969, and so therefore the series is set from 2266-2269, and all following dates are extrapolated from this; first contact with the Klingons, Kirk's birthdate, Cochrane's disappearance, everything. The Animated episodes and novels don't fit in because the TV episodes take place towards the end of the five-year mission. There's simply no room. Henceforth we have The Motion Picture taking place in 2271 (or maybe 2272, as suggested by the Memory Alpha wiki), Star Trek II and III in 2285, IV in 2286, and so on. Mainly assumptions, but assumptions that stuck.

With Dixon, the dates for the Original Series come from the foundation represented by the first known published Star Trek timeline, created by a guy called Chuck Graham in 1975, two full decades before Okuda released his Chronology. Following dates are extrapolated from this foundation, with new information incorporated and dates modified as new insights are revealed. The Original Series takes off from 2261, running through to 2263. The Animated episodes happen after the end of the TV series' run and before the end of the five-year mission, broadly speaking. Novels fit in and around episodes based on the chronological info found within them. The Motion Picture happens in 2267, Star Trek II, III and IV in 2287, and so on. Assumptions are avoided wherever possible, and noted when they're not.

Okudan dates are the ones you'll find out there everywhere you look, the official ones. Dixonian dates aren't. It's as simple as that.

Changing the subject slightly: I'm personally convinced that Star Trek: Enterprise is set in an altered timeline. Think about it. In Star Trek: First Contact we SEE the Borg interfering with past events, not to mention Picard and the gang. Cochrane learns about future events and future technology, and his friend Lily goes aboard the Enterprise. Geordi and Riker even travel with Cochrane aboard his all-important warp flight. And then, by the time of the Star Trek: Enterprise TV series, we have a starship called Enterprise where no starship was previously recorded, looking mysteriously similiar to the starship Cochrane might once have seen through his telescope back in 2063. Technology in general seems to have been pushed forward by apparent knowledge of the future, rather than looking like something that takes place a century before the likes of Kirk and Spock. Hence the so-called "continuity errors" that many fans pick up on. The second-season Enterprise episode "Regeneration" is humanity's first contact with the Borg, which is blatantly at odds with the Next-Gen episode "Q Who" for a number of reasons. There are other examples that I won't go into. I know I've probably bored you to tears already. :p Anyway, when you take into account the Xindi attack on Earth and the Sphere Builders and the Temporal Cold War and all that jazz, it's not such a leap to suggest that Trek history has been changed…

Fictional history, just like real history, is a dynamic, changing thing. There's "official" and "unofficial" history, facts and theories constantly changing and growing based on new ideas and information, always open to debate and exploration. The Chronology I created for this group is a resource, but in no way is it the One Holy Truth. I don't own the Chronology, in the most fundamental sense. I don't decide what happened in this history, what didn't happen in the other. I just weave it together, based on what I'm given, and try to make as much sense of it as I can. And I enjoy doing this. Sort of. Most of the time. Yeah, I need more of a social life.

I've added the launch dates of all the known Enterprises. Most of these dates were taken from James Dixon's Fandom Chronology, except for the date for the 1701-J, which comes from Adam West. I decided to remove previously-included hypothetical launch dates for the 1701-F and the 1701-G, because I felt that this inhibited the creativity of others who might wish to explore the details surrounding these unknown starships for themselves.

I've also assumed that Leyson Ayden's future history is part of the "real" Horizon timeline and not some alternate timeline, although this means that there are discrepancies between Ayden's timeline and the timeline involving the Federation timeship Gaia, originating from the 29th century. If the USS Enterprise-J is the sole survivor of the Milky Way's destruction in 2715, how can the Federation still exist by the year 2877? Another question to be answered. The 26th-century Enterprise-J seen in the episode of Star Trek: Enterprise called "Azati Prime" only serves to complicate matters. It's another example of "official" Trek overriding what Horizonites have created. Maybe there's an answer to this mess, but right now I'm too confused to attempt to come up with one. It's probably easiest just to bundle it all up into an alternate reality. Timelines are splintering off left, right and centre. Pocket Books pretty much endorsed this point of view when they released their "Myriad Universes" short story collections. Infinite realities, infinite timelines. Continuity burp? No problem! Just shove it in an alternate reality! That's what Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman did when they wrote the 2009 "Star Trek" movie. And the best thing is, it works just fine and gives the Trek franchise the breath of fresh air it needed.

The Nameless (Viviltot, Mzinka, Galivvan and Xuundri) are intriguing to me! I have taken some more small liberties as I tried to make sense of them. I gave them a singular name for the sake of future reference, and also speculated about their origins. There were a few minor bumps and lumps in the consistancy of the posts involving these strange beings, and so I used a bit of deductive logic in the explanation seen here. I couldn't decide whether Phryn, the Cheron, had been inhabited by one of the Nameless, or actually had been one of the Nameless himself. Seeing as Phryn was my character, I made a decision and chose the latter, which meant the being who possessed him needed a name (other than the Both in Both): Xuundri. The story in the posts hinted at a previous conflict. I assumed that this would have happened a long time ago, so I chose a nice round number and deducted 10,000 from the year 2413. In an earlier version of this chronology, Phryn visited the Andromeda galaxy at around 100 AD, but after some suggestions by others I decided to change his visit so that it coincided with the visit of the Nameless. Hopefully I haven't treaded on anyone's toes from a creative point of view! I think there is definitely a lot more story potential here… Shame that it will probably remain untapped.

A while ago I modified the entry concerning Enterprise, adding that the series may happen in an alternate (or simply "altered") timeline to the rest of the Star Trek universe. But it is important to remember that like everything else in this chronology, this information is not being forced down anybody's throat. After a little research, I gathered that the alternate-timeline idea is quite a popular one in the Trek online community when it comes to Enterprise. Maybe it's because the ship itself looks too "modern" (like it really matters), or maybe some of the episode details contradict what had been previously established (such as first contact with the Klingons occurring in the pilot episode, etc)—but the main reason is because the mysterious villain (who also appears in the pilot) who is helping the Suliban appears to be from the future. Any future interference implies timeline distortion… and all the other pieces of the jigsaw fall into place. Makes sense to me, so I included it. I mentioned some of the other stuff above. So there you go. The narrative of Star Trek: Enterprise is the narrative of a changed history. Take it or leave it.

There are a number of alternate timelines/universes running through the Horizon saga. Here are some of them I have noted:

"Fire and Ice": This mission is particularly complicated as it actually involves, if I counted correctly, SEVEN specific different timelines. Three different versions of the USS Horizon converge at the planet Icefall II in 2411, having originated from some kind of temporal disturbance near Starfleet Academy on stardate 07.0223. Two out of three of the starships end up crashed on the planet's surface, resulting, at least once, in the death of a version of Asa Garn. Yet another Horizon is later encountered, apparently originating from a timeline where the Federation is at war with some kind of Cardassian-Tholian alliance. This, presumably, is also the timeline from which Tanaris Vel originates, the half-Romulan daughter of Tergin. Adding to that are the time-lines that come into being as a result of Dr. Simon Linus's time-meddling as he attempts to change Earth's history by sabotaging the International Space Station in 1999. Interestingly, three of the timelines mentioned above were apparently created accidentally by Linus as he travelled back through time. Confused yet? Heck knows I was! Finally, there is at least one other timeline created in which Linus succeeds in his plan, but this timeline is erased by the valiant Horizon crew. Hmm. I love time travel. Makes everything… wibbly-wobbly…

I could go into how these timelines are linked to the adventures of the USS Lynx and its crew, but I don't want to give you too much of a headache. I'm giving myself a headache. Why do I put myself through this??? More on this later.

"Eternity": Geoff Winder's epic multi-parter involves Tergin being transported forward through time 25 years. The future era he experiences is proven to be in an alternate universe/timeline, as Asa Garn and Zach Comstock are both present. Also, Garn has met Tergin sometime in the past but the two of them do not share the friendship they knew in the "real" universe. Notable features of this timeline include the fact that the Federation is under attack from the Borg once again, and Starfleet is on the brink of defeat. An alternate version of Tergin has been assimilated and is serving as a speaker for the Collective. The story of "Eternity" pitches Tergin against his Borgified self in an attempt to free him from the Borg and possibly save the Federation fleet from destruction. In the end, Tergin fails and is swiftly returned home, but seeing as this timeline seems to be completely separate from the one we know and love, it is probably still existing, somewhere out there…

"Time Enough For More": Kieran Joram lived for two whole years in an alternate future timeline, one in which Commodore Asa Garn commanded the Davinci class Horizon-B, capable of transwarp flight from one corner of the Galaxy to another in practically no time at all. This particular story reunited all the original Horizon crew, including Threin, Bragg and Phaegal, and also introduces the Krikkotan, an unfriendly species living somewhere inside the Cocoon, and the Valarians, who live deep in the Gamma Quadrant. At the story's conclusion, Kieran is returned to 2410 having aged two years—erasing the timeline he had just experienced along the way.

"Destiny"/"The Last Horizon": The many various flash-forwards and visions experienced by Jarek Malaar since he came into contact with the Kraa-Kree have revealed, in snippets, parts of an alternate future timeline. The story of "Destiny" reveals more of this, and "The Last Horizon" reveals yet more. Apparently, in the alternate 2422, India Baker is a Commodore, Tergin is an Admiral, Malaar has resigned his Starfleet commission, Nathan Cady is a brooding young man and the Kraa-Kree are running rampage across the Alpha Quadrant. To add to this, some new timelines may or may not have been created by the timeship Lynx as she jumps through history. Malaar returns to Earth in 1999 once again, and scenes are included that involve three Malaars—past, present and future. It was actually my intention that there be no changes in the timeline caused by Jarek himself, and rather that he realises that he is a part of the events that occurred in the first place, hence "Destiny." Originally, there was no way of knowing whether this future was alternate or not; it all depended on whether the Kraa-Kree War came to pass. But by the conclusion of "The Last Horizon" the matter was settled—the future timeline seen in "Destiny" and "The Last Horizon" is an alternate one, one in which Malaar never took command of the USS Renegade. By taking command of the Renegade instead of moving back to Earth, Malaar ensures that the Kraa-Kree War will never take place. Sorted!

My advice concerning alternate timelines is not to think about them too much. Leave that to me…

Next up is my personal guide to general Star Trek canon (in which I contradict something I said earlier about "canon" vs "continuity", but hey, I'm allowed to contradict myself sometimes). Instead of dividing the Star Trek universe into "canon" and "non-canon", I've categorised different levels of "authority", or how much "sway" they have in terms of Trek lore. In my opinion—which I'm entitled to, damn you!—the Star Trek universe is just far too big and far too complex to disregard entire swathes of it as "unofficial" simply because someone at Paramount Pictures said so. Star Trek history is replete with inconsistancies and alternate timelines and, just like real history, is open to many different interpretations. So be it!

  • Canon Level 1: The Original Series, the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and all eleven currently-released feature films.
  • Canon Level 2: The Animated Series and all novels, novelisations, anthologies and e-books published by Bantam Books or Pocket Books.
  • Canon Level 3: Graphic novels and comic books.
  • Canon Level 4: Technical manuals, blueprints and roleplaying game systems such as those published by Last Unicorn Games.
  • Canon Level 5: Play-By-Email roleplaying writing groups such as ASR, HWF and Bravo Fleet RPG, and fan fiction.

Before I sign off these notes, I just want to mention something about the USS Horizon's place in Star Trek continuity as a whole. With the advent of the "new" Star Trek in J J Abrams 2009 film, the "original" reality has been definitively separated from the reality that existed before. No problemo. However, it's important to remember that the narrative of the new film hinges on the destruction of the planet Romulus in the year 2387 in order for the time-travel craziness to take place. Obviously, in the world of the good starship Horizon, Romulus wasn't destroyed. Therefore, from that point forwards in time, "official" Star Trek and "USS Horizon" become separate! Yay, yet another alternate history! Seems to be fashionable in Trek these days. :p For more information about the "official" history of Star Trek post-"Nemesis", I recommend you check out Pocket Books' novel series, the "Star Trek: Countdown" graphic novel (details from which are mentioned in this Chronology), and the "Path to 2409" information included in the website for the "Star Trek: Online" computer game!

That's it! I'm exhausted! Excuse me while I go and make myself a cup of tea.

- Jonathan Illingworth, June 2009

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